Monday, February 04, 2008

It was cold in Jerusalem

I have just returned from a busy teaching trip to Israel. The school is an 18 month track training the students in the skills of digital photography. They are focussing on issues of injustice, a subject that will take them to many countries. As part of the course they are having a biblical studies element which I was helping with. It was a full week, where I taught an overview of the Old Testament history from Joshua to Solomon, Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. We had a wonderful time. It was also a very cold week with snow for a couple of days which severely hampered normal life. The small café just next door to the hostel we stayed in remained shut so I was not able to get my morning Turkish coffee!

We were staying in a hostel just outside the Damascus Gate of the old city of Jerusalem, and one street away from the Garden Tomb. Saturday was the time I could explore the area. I began with the Mount of Olives, which should now be called the Mount of grave yards and churches! I did find a couple of olive trees though. Then on to the Wailing Wall, the Old City, David’s city just south of the present Old City and the Garden Tomb. Being the Sabbath some things were closed but there was still much to see. It was a very wonderful experience for which I am most thankful.
On Sunday I returned to my wonderful family and am now catching up with life here. Tuesday - Friday of this week I will be in the SBS classroom here at The King's Lodge, teaching Genesis.

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